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Please help me out here. I was reading on one of these threads about the doppler and how using it for one minute to hear the babies heartbeat was like 30 minutes of ultrasound. Does anyone have links to this information?<br>
With ds we used the fetascope but with dd the midwife did not use that so we went with the doppler. We are pretty against ultrasound so I would like to get really informed on this subject.<br>
Thanks, Charlsie
 

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Sorry I have no info for you, but i felt bad that no one was responding to your post. I've seen a lot of talk about doppler use around here before so I'm sure there's lots of mamas out there who know what they're talking about and will see your thread soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What I've learned about doppler is that it uses a higher frequency sound wave than ultrasound, which may be what the 1 minute = 30 minutes is referring to. However, the main concern with sound waves is that they will cause cells to heat up, or cause pressure in the cells that can potentially damage the developing baby...and those issues are primarily a concern with longer exposure times. So if the doppler is used just for a minute, there may not be a huge risk, but I'm really not sure. I've tried to learn more about it but there doesn't seem to be a lot of good research out there on the long-term effects of routine doppler use, since it is such a recent practice. I'll let you know if I learn something more definitive. But given all the unknowns, I personally would recommend (and have chosen for myself) using the fetoscope during routine prenatal visits.
 

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Everything I've read (and I did do a pile of research after reading some ultrasound threads here a while back) says that there have never been any proven problems (or even signs of problems) with infrequent doppler use. BUT that all clinical trials were done with trained technicians, so they have no data on home use. The conclusions seem to be very solidly along the lines of:<br><br>
Once a month or so, with a trained technician/midwife/doctor is perfectly safe. However, if you rent one and use it three times a day, every day, we have no idea what might happen as a result. So to cover our butts in case you're a [UA violation] and spend all day wired up to one, you're on your own.<br><br>
Ultrasounds are different, as was said, because they take so much longer than the 45 seconds - a minute it takes to find a heatbeat with a doppler and listen for a heartrate. We actually rented a doppler for a couple of months so I could have it on hand, because I was having anxiety attacks with this pregnancy (I'd wake up thinking my baby was dead again, and that kind of thing).<br><br>
I have no problem using it once every couple of weeks for a minute; it's definitely safer for the baby than constant cortisol dumps because I'm panicking and stressed!
 

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Thank you so much for the reply. I wish that fetascope were an option because I would really prefer not to do the doppler, just in case....<br>
I will continue to look into this, thanks again and anyone else with information please post!<br>
And Corri I can totally understand your position, we had a stillbirth at 32 weeks last time and I have thought about getting a doppler just for my peace of mind.<br>
Charlsie
 
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